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PHOTOS: Brilliant Auroras Shine in the Night Sky of Both Hemispheres

A rare and stunning display of aurora borealis, also know as the northern lights, delighted onlookers across Canada and northern locations of the United States early this week.

However, the dazzling displays were not limited to the Northern Hemisphere. Onlookers in the Southern Hemisphere caught a glimpse of the southern lights, which are known as the aurora australis.

These lights are the result of a spray of charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's magnetic field.

TIMELAPSE: Aurora Borealis Dazzles Michigan Sky

Brilliant shades of green, blue, pink, violet and yellow lit up the skies during the overnight and pre-dawn hours of Nov. 3 and 4.

Southern Lights Shine Green, Purple in Tasmania

This aurora event was just one of the season. Another notable event occurred during October 2015.